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The Forum - June 25, 1972

  • Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. Walter's Walk, The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll, The Ocean, Louie Louie ~ Organ solo ~ Thank You, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home.
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on September 22, 2007 - 6:42am
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June 25, 1972
Inglewood
CA
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Setlist: 

Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. Walter's Walk, The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll, The Ocean, Louie Louie ~ Organ solo ~ Thank You, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home.

Note: 

Available on How The West Was Won cd, released in 2003.

Press Review: LED ZEPPELIN APPEARED in concert at the Los Angeles Forum on Sunday night without a support act. It was definitely for the better as far as the audience was concerned, for they received nearly four hours of music from their heroes. I haven't seen a crowd with as much energy and enthusiasm in years.

From the minute the group walked out on stage the crowd went wild, throwing firecrackers and smoking mounds of dope. Zeppelin started with "Immigrant Song" and "Heartbreaker" and worked their way through many of their greatest hits, old and new. "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven". "Whole Lotta Love" and loads of others were played before the group settled down for three acoustic numbers.

These were followed by some more rockers and then a string of oldies but goodies. It seemed exceptionally strange to see a band like Led Zeppelin striking the three chord ingredients to "Louie Louie", "Hello Mary Lou", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Let's Have Party" and their own "Rock and Roll".

All in all, there were five encores because the audience screamed and stomped like spoiled babies till they got what they wanted.

I was told that the group performed ten gigs of this caliber in 14 days. It's easy to understand America's love for the group and vice versa. I heard after the show that Plant's voice was beginning to go and Jimmy Page had to stay in bed on doctor's orders. It means a lot when you see a group as big as they are putting so much into their stage act.
 D. HOLLOWAY, NME 1972.
 

Notes: 

Available on How The West Was Won cd, released in 2003.

Press Review: LED ZEPPELIN APPEARED in concert at the Los Angeles Forum on Sunday night without a support act. It was definitely for the better as far as the audience was concerned, for they received nearly four hours of music from their heroes. I haven't seen a crowd with as much energy and enthusiasm in years.

From the minute the group walked out on stage the crowd went wild, throwing firecrackers and smoking mounds of dope. Zeppelin started with "Immigrant Song" and "Heartbreaker" and worked their way through many of their greatest hits, old and new. "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven". "Whole Lotta Love" and loads of others were played before the group settled down for three acoustic numbers.

These were followed by some more rockers and then a string of oldies but goodies. It seemed exceptionally strange to see a band like Led Zeppelin striking the three chord ingredients to "Louie Louie", "Hello Mary Lou", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Let's Have Party" and their own "Rock and Roll".

All in all, there were five encores because the audience screamed and stomped like spoiled babies till they got what they wanted.

I was told that the group performed ten gigs of this caliber in 14 days. It's easy to understand America's love for the group and vice versa. I heard after the show that Plant's voice was beginning to go and Jimmy Page had to stay in bed on doctor's orders. It means a lot when you see a group as big as they are putting so much into their stage act.
 D. HOLLOWAY, NME 1972.
 

Setlists: 

Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. Walter's Walk, The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll, The Ocean, Louie Louie ~ Organ solo ~ Thank You, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is quite possibly the best Zeppelin gig ever! The set has a bit of new material for the as-of-yet-unrecorded Houses Of The Holy album, as well as killer playing from everyone. Over The Hills And Far Away was well introduced by Plant: "We'd like to try a number off the new album. We haven't really decided what we're gonna do at the end of it yet, so you'll have to bear with us! This is a thing called Over The Hills And Far Away, which is always a good place to be." Robert's voice is in incredible shape, Jimmy plays brilliantly, especially on Since I've Been Loving You, and this whole show is just great. Dancing Days was another triumph and Plant told the audience about the new album that it "is not gonna be called Led Zeppelin Five, it's got every possibility of being called Burn That Candle." 25 minutes of Whole Lotta Love bring down the house, followed by seven encores! After Rock And Roll Plant told to someone who have been fighting: "Hey, big man, cool it! Let me tell you something. Before there's any blows start. You start blowing blows and we'll go, right? And let me tell you something else - it's no good antagonising them either. If everybody keeps cool, we can stay here all night!" and an excitement crows roared. Even more, after Thank You Plant added: "You don't even give us a chance to have a cigarette, do ya? I was thinking of the other variety actually."

Jeff Lewis's picture

Simply the most exciting & incredible rock and roll night of my life. This was my 4th concert and I was not prepared for what we witnessed that night. We were big Zeppelin fans and loved their records but this concert was the gold standard.

I was with 7 of my friends and we were expecting an opening act to come out and play, like every other concert. The synthesizer drone filled the Forum and Bonham's green drum set was lighted. The boys hit the stage and we went nuts.

I never smoked pot so I remember a lot from that night..........the firecrackers...........Robert's "Good Evenings" all night long..........Robert and Jimmy doing a tandem dance step (I think it was during the "Crunge" section of Dazed and Confused............a 3 and half hour show..........4 encores and the crowd in a frenzy each time they came back...........Robert getting on a security guard who was roughing someone up.......a rousing acoustic set.....

It's a shame there is no video of this show. I heard a rumor that Jimmy said that he wanted to impress a girl that night (Lori Maddox?). I saw Zeppelin 4 times in later years and the raw energy and magic of that night was never the same

My friends and I still talk about it 40 years later. If God gives us time travel I'm going back to June 25, 1972 and relive rock and roll greatness..................all for $7.25

Mike Felicio's picture

I was always blown away how strong Zeppelin was live. It was an extra special ocasion to see them. My friends and I really didn't like the Forum because of it's size and sound, but Zep made it seem like an intimate venue. They always played their asses off in So. Cal. This show was so good that I had to go two nights later in Long Beach.

Jay's picture

I was at this show .... simply amazing. Something like 5 or 6 encores. If memory serves me, Robert said to the audience something to the effect "people, we've played everything we have ... we have nothing left. So we'll play this one and we've gotta go". They played Louie Louie and that was it.

Trisha Gough's picture

One of the best concerts I have attended.  I remember people passing around

fat joints and bottles of wine.  I will never foget how good they sounded. Jimmyplaying his guitar with the bow.  They were all amazing performers.  Bought

tickets to see them again in 1975 but it was cancelled.

Rick Rose's picture

I grew up across the street from the Fab Forum - watched 'em build the sucker.

I was able to get up way early the day before the tickets went on sale and was first in line. I wound up with front row seats. I think I paid something like thirty dollars for four and sold the ones next to me for $50 each.

I distinclly remember ironing my favorite lace up linen shirt and took my new girlfriend. She was nuts over Robert Plant but my eyes never left Jimmy Page's fingers. It was the first time I'd seen someone play a twin neck Gibson. He was simply amazing on Stariway. 

Before I knew it the show was over and hours had passed as if in a dream.They were still in their peak during this time and that will live forever in my stoned little mind. 

bigwavedave's picture

First Zep show i ever attended. Close enough to get covered in rosin from the bow.Fantastic show.

 

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